Diary Dates:
Term 3, 2019

► Sunday 1 September

Father's Day

► Sunday 8 September

Sacrament of Eucharist Session 3 - 4:30pm

►Monday 9 September

MacKillop Athletics Carnival 

► Tuesday 10 September

St Madeleine's GrandBook Day Celebrations



Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 29 August, 2019 | Term 3, Week 6

Dear Parents and Friends,

You may have noticed that we have had significant work done around the grounds in the last few weeks removing and trimming some of the trees on the playground and along the side of the driveway.

Each year we have an audit on the state of the trees and we carry out every recommendation of the audit. The consultant, Mark Bury AQF Level 5 Arborist stated that, on the day of inspection the 30th April 2019, he found the remaining trees on the site healthy, vigorous and having structurally sound branch structures, trunk structures and root systems. The justification for the removal of a tree is because it is in accordance with ISEPP and school facilities standard. 

• The tree is prone to limb drop 

• The tree is not of a species described as being desirable in item 2.4.3 of the school facilities standard 

• The tree is causing damage and exacerbating problems to school buildings 

• The tree is causing costly damage to paving and walls 

• The tree is not set back a minimum of 3 metres from hard paving 

• The tree is creating problems with leaf fall blocking gutters and pits. 


I have decided to install artificial grass at the Flagpole Garden. Over my time I have returfed this area three times and despite Mr MacDougall’s efforts to water and maintain this area, the reality is, it is very difficult to expect grass to thrive in this high traffic area. I am hoping to have this job done by the end of the term.

I sent a note home this week asking if you would make a donation so we can purchase an item as a gift from the two schools for the new church. We will be combining with Marian College to purchase an item that will be used at all the Masses. Please send in your cash donation in an envelope marked CHURCH GIFT to the school office by the end of next week. Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

I hope you all find some special way to celebrate the significant role all our fathers, grandfathers and people who are like fathers to us, play in our lives. I know when I was a child, the father’s role was to provide for his family. Managing the family and being on top of who needed what, when and where, tended to be the mother’s role. Nowadays both parents share the role of raising a family and our children look to their fathers for much more than (just) being the breadwinner. So to all our fathers ~ have a fabulous day on Sunday with your family celebrating all you have achieved in building your little community who love and look out for and after each other. The world needs more families like yours!

Have a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"Whoever draws near to God will not stumble, but strives ahead:
beginning anew, trying again, rebuilding."

Pope Francis@Pontifex


Every Learner Every Day                                Attendance rate to date is 81.4%


Our community believes that every day counts for every child.
Our attendance levels are recorded below. Our target is for at least 90% attendance and you will note that  zero grades achieved this target over the past fortnight. It is important to know that your children must be at school and inside the classroom before 9am in order for you and them not to have to go to the office for a late note.  

Scholastic Year

School Year Attendance Level

Scholastic Year

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Girlhood relationships are so important, yet they can be both wonderful and awful in the same week. A friendship fallout hurts, but children need to know that arguing doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship. Developmentally, some squabbling is vital because it helps kids learn about respectful conflict resolution. Here’s how parents can help at these difficult times:

Listen to their story
When inevitable conflict arises, girls can often get caught in a ‘rumination loop’ replaying the scene over in their minds, like a song stuck on repeat, which makes things feel catastrophic. As a girl’s brain is still learning how to interpret some responses, she may be misinterpreting a friend’s words or signals. If this is the case, ask her to look for evidence to support her interpretation. Suggest your daughter talks to her friend privately in an assertive way. Help her plan the conversation beforehand, starting with ‘I’ words, which encourage her to own her feelings. She could say, ‘I felt let down when ...’ Model apologies at home. Help her think of ways to say, ‘I’m sorry. Can we fix this?’

Discuss the shifting nature of friendships
Relationships don’t always last. As girls grow their tastes and interests change. They want to explore the possibilities of new people and activities. This often leads to hurt when one girl is not ready for a shift. Parents can help by explaining that changes in friendships are a part of growing up (although never an excuse for meanness). Rather than simply dismissing a girl's feelings as silly, acknowledge the hurt and gently reassure her there are many new, interesting people she will meet.

Expand her village
Ensure your daughter has friends in a few settings – a neighbour, a team mate, a family friend. They can provide a different connection and helps girls realise they are not alone.

Discuss toxic friendships
Most girls will experience the pain of interacting with a toxic ‘friend’ during their school years. This type of interaction is called relational aggression and serves to damage a person’s sense of social place. For instance, a girl may appear to be friendly but she may use passive-aggressive strategies such as gossip, ostracism and online exclusion. These actions can be very confusing, leading to feelings of shame and loneliness. When not given healthy ways to express their pain, girls can often internalise their emotions in unhealthy ways like such as through self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders and self- loathing.

Allow her to express hurt
Allow your daughter the chance to process pain, vent or cry when they are hurting. Adults may not be able to change a toxic person’s behaviour, but shouldn’t underestimate the power of listening and being available. Don’t assume that you know what your daughter needs. Rather ask, “What do you need from me in this situation?” When a relationship problem escalates it may need to be taken to the school for further intervention.

Provide growth opportunities
Help your daughter develop the skills for developing healthy friendships. Explicitly teach your daughter to think about what compassion, kindness and empathy look like in a friend and helps her recognise what it means to be a good friend herself.

Helping girls manage friendship issues can be exhausting so parent self-care becomes a priority during these times. Girls benefit enormously from having a caring, emotionally healthy adult in their lives who can support them and help them process their thoughts and emotions when peer relationships turn sour.

CEDP will be submitting background data on all students to ACARA as per previous years. 

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice: 

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW.  Data collected is de-identified of personal information.


Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 30 August 2019


Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

Sunday 1 September 2019:


Lk 14:1 7-14
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

All who exalt themselves shall be humbled and all who humble themselves

shall be exalted.

On a Sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’

Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’

Mass Roster, Term 3

The Mass roster is included on the parent calendar only. This can be accessed via the school website or the Skoolbag app. All parents are invited to join us in celebrating Parish Mass at 9:15am.


Please note that occasionally changes in the Mass roster may occur. We appreciate your understanding.

Sacrament of Eucharist

Please pray for our children in this time of preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist.

GrandBook Day Celebrations

On Tuesday 10th September we will gather together as a school community to honour our Grandparents and celebrate Book Week. This will include:

  • a liturgy at 9:15am in the hall
  • book character parade with the theme READING IS MY SUPER POWER
  • book fair
  • morning tea for all Grandparents
  • open classrooms

To extend our hospitality to all grandparents, we ask families to bring a plate of food to share (e.g. biscuits, sandwiches, pastries, cakes, etc). You may leave these items in the hall from 8:15am. Please keep in mind allergy free foods (e.g. nuts, egg). 


The Book Week theme is READING IS MY SUPER POWER. It would be wonderful to see all the children dressed as a character from a book they treasure. Please ensure your child wears appropriate footwear. 


Please note the following details:

Plates of food - at the Hall from 8:15am
Liturgy & Book Character Parade - at the Hall at 9:15am
Book Fair - at the Library after the liturgy, approximately 10:30am
Morning Tea for Grandparents - at the Hall after the liturgy, approximately 10.30am
Open Classrooms - in all classrooms after the liturgy, approximately 10.30am


NAPLAN results are expected to be released to parents any time from late August, with each student being provided an individual report outlining their results.


NAPLAN is in a period of transition, and this is the second year where students completed either a paper test or an online test. The objective of moving NAPLAN online is to deliver better, more precise and more engaging assessment for schools and students.


NAPLAN online and paper tests have been explicitly designed to be comparable. Regardless of whether students complete the test online and or on paper, they are assessed on the same underlying literacy and numeracy skills taught through the curriculum content, and results are reported on the same NAPLAN assessment scale. 


Tailored testing provides more precise information about what students know and can do, which, alongside other assessment information that teachers have, can help inform teaching and learning. Your child’s NAPLAN results will be based on the number and difficulty of questions he or she has answered correctly. Many of the same questions appear in both paper and online tests, which helps with the comparability of results. 


NAPLAN results should always be interpreted with care. Your child’s teacher will have the best insight into your child’s progress.


Please see the attached FAQ information for parents and contact the office should you require any further information.


Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

The students were very pleased to share all their special/important items with the class in Stage 1. From pets to photos-they were all their most significant items. 

Stage 2 shared some events with each other that went well and some that did not go so well. We discussed that we can learn from negative experiences. 

Stage 3 are forming some worthwhile goals for themselves. Some of them found this difficult and this allowed those students to think about their interests and what is important to them. This gave them direction and something to work towards to improve themselves.

A very worthwhile fortnight in Wellbeing.

K - 2: Packing the Important Stuff: Self-Awareness


Students learn about the things in their lives that they really care about so that they don’t spend all their energy thinking about things that aren’t so important.

3 - 4: Reflecting on the Week: Self-Awareness

Students learn about the importance of reflecting on what has happened during their week. That way they can repeat what went well and learn from the things that didn’t go so well. We talked and wrote about our weeks, giving it score based on how we felt at the end of each week.

5 - 6: SMART Goal Setting and Planning: Self-Management


Students learn to set goals as this will help them to achieve different things in life. To make a goal SMART, it needs to conform to the following criteria: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Based.

Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

Zone Athletics

Congratulations to all the students that competed at the Hills Zone Athletics Carnival on Thursday 15th August. What great sportsmanship was shown and amazing results.

Max Gioiello`- Senior Boys 800m 3rd

Lachlan Dorahy - 8 Year Boys 100m 3rd

William Dorahy - 10 Year Boys 100m 1st, Junior Boys Discus 4th, Junior Boys Shot Put 4th

Skye Melrose - 10 Year Girls 100m 3rd, Junior Girls Long Jump 3rd 

Emily Knight - 11 Year Girls 100m 2nd, 200m 2nd , Long Jump 2nd , Discus 3rd, Shot Put 4th 

Mikayla Muscat - 11 Year Girls 100m 1st , 200m Long Jump 1st , Discus 1st 

Luca Scannone - Junior Boys Discus 3rd , Junior Boys Shot Put 3rd

Grace Liddle- Senior Girls Discus 4th 

Damien Hyde - Senior Boys Discus 4th 

Daniel Gatt - 11 Year Boys Long Jump 2nd 

Senior Girls Relay - 4th Grace Liddle, Delphine Feillafe, Emily Knight, Mikayla Muscat

A huge congratulations to:

Mikayla Muscat – 11 Year Girl Age Champion

Emily Knight – 11 Year girls Runner Up Age Champion

What an amazing achievement at such a high level.

Mikayla also broke the Hills Zone 11 Year Girls 200m record.

Sincerest thanks to Lisa Hyde, Amanda Gatt and Carolyne Muscat who were officials at presentation on the day. Without parent help our students would not be able to participate. 

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Fathers Day Liturgy & BBQ 29/8
Creative Arts Update
Letter from Bishop Vincent

Re George Pell
Lockdown Drill Information


Donations for new St Madeleine's
Church Gift
Information Re Rugby League

Skills Sessions
School Fees Due 28/8

KB: Aaliyah Ferris & Elias Nassif
KW: Elise Azzopardi and Elijah Chiha
1B: Aaron Bracken & Andie Scott
1W: Dimitry Popov & Sophie Barker
2B: Khloe Nader & Beau Lawrence
2W: Dylan Sakkal & Alyssa Pantaleone

3B: Kristian Jakovljevic & Tully Kinchington
3W: Olivia Habkouk & Hayley Phelix
4B: Matilda Rogers & Mason Down
4W: Riley Paki & Dylan Gray
5B: Chloe Boston, Hannah Craft & Daniel Gatt
5W: Caeden Large & Sophie Phillips
6B: Grace Watson & Florence Boffo
6W: Angelina El-Badaoui & Bianca Palacio
Social Skills: Thomas Scarfone 4B & Bayley Ayers KB
Sport: Rocky Gault 3W & Sophie Phillips 5W
Did you know you can order your child’s recess on Munch Monitor?
Select  "Recess" and order anything from the full menu. Great for this cold weather.
Collect from the canteen at recess.

If you are able to help on Fridays at lunch from 12.45pm - 2.00pm,
we would greatly appreciate your assistance.

f there are any parents who are interested in helping us out in the Canteen during recess or lunch, please contact Catherine directly in the canteen. 

Open Monday - Friday | Ph: 9654 6760 
Canteen Manager: 
Catherine Mares  |  Email:   Cath.M5@bigpond.com  
To view canteen menu, please click  here

Hello Volunteers!

Thank you to all the generous parents and carers who volunteered to be part of the Kiss and Drop roster after the information evenings. Below is the roster for weeks 3 & 4. As a reminder, volunteers are expected to be in the K&D area from 8:30am. Look for the safety vests if supplied, and if you need to remind a driver of the process, please have a friendly, brief chat!

Kiss & Drop Coordinator: Mrs Melissa Crema
Email: melissa.adventures@gmail.com Mobile: 0449 882 348


Monday 2/9
Vanessa Abood, Renee Giorgiutti
Tuesday 3/9
Senena Bragg, Natalie Commisso
Wednesday 4/9
Melissa Crema, Stacie Covington
Thursday 5/9
Sarah Scott, Leanne Kuntze
Friday 6/9
Danielle Rahme, Fiona Knight

Monday 9/9
Lucinda Musolino, Simone Eltobaji
Tuesday 10/9
Nicole Jakovljevic, Mel Keddie
Wednesday 11/9
Teresa Sakkal, Lucinda Musolino
Thursday 12/9
Melissa Crema, Amie Meehan
Friday 13/8
Rebecca Boston, Anita Nader

Privacy Information and Photo Permission


From time to time we publish children’s results in the University Competitions, i.e. Maths, English, Science and Computer Competitions.  We also publish places in sporting events, other awards and achievements. If you have any concerns about your child’s name appearing in our School Newsletter or on our school website, please contact the office.

From time to time it is necessary for Class Contact parents or P & F representatives to telephone parents.  If you do not wish your telephone number to be used by these people, please contact the school office.

From time to time the school sends photos of our children to newspapers or to the Catholic Education Office for inclusion with an article about St Madeleine's. We also include photos in our School Newsletter and on our school website. If you do not wish photos of your child to be used in any publications at school, Catholic Education Office or newspapers please contact the school office.

If your personal details (address, telephone, etc.) change please inform the school office.  It is important that we have up to date information for the safety of our children.



Attendance at school is compulsory and being at school on time and remaining for the whole day ensures that your child has the best opportunity to engage fully in all the learning activities available.

Below are the routines that have been established for both safe arrival and dismissal of students. We ask that you read through all the itemsandmake yourself and your child familiar with them.

We appreciate your co-operation as we work together to maintain a safe environment for every member of our school community.

Arrival at school

  • School begins at 8:50am
  • A warning bell is rung at 8:45am
  • When the warning bell sounds, children line up in their respective class lines in the COLA area
  • A final bell is rung at 8:50 am to indicate commencement of assembly – all students should be lined up
  • Children are considered to be late if they arrive after the conclusion of assembly and the classes have forwarded into their respective rooms
  • Late children must be accompanied by a parent to the school office and a ‘late arrival’ slip is to be completed by the parent

The student then proceeds to their classroom and presents the teacher with the ‘late arrival’ slip. Details of arrival time and partial absence are noted electronically in the class roll by the office staff.

Parents must not drop their children at the classroom after the bell.

Morning use of the Kiss and drop/Car park

All children being dropped off at school are to use the “kiss and drop” COLA area. A parent volunteer will open the car door and assist the students onto the playground. If you wish to park and come into the playground area, please use the car park beyond the netball court as this area is designated for staff parking only.

Children arriving by BUS wait under the COLA.

A teacher is on duty from 8am.


Afternoon Dismissal

  • Parents wishing to collect their child before the 3:00pm dismissal must notify the teacher in writing and collect the child from the office
  • The note must include the time the child will be collected and the reason for early collection
  • In an emergency - office staff will contact the teacher to indicate that the child needs to be collected early
  • The office staff will note the departure time and partial absence in the class roll

Parents should not collect children from the classroom.

In the afternoon, there are three ways students can go home:

  1. By bus - children walk with a teacher from their grade to the COLA and are supervised as they wait for the buses to arrive at the bus bay. Bus numbers are called over the microphone and students walk to the teacher and board the bus. No children are to be picked up by parents in this area. This duty concludes after the last bus has departed.
  2. Picked up by parents/guardians  - students can be picked up by their parents or guardians in person at 3pm. Parents are asked to wait in the amphitheatre if their child is in K-2 or the friendship garden if in Years 3-6.
  3. Car Pick Up – Students walk with a teacher from their grade to the COLA and are called to the car by their family name by a teacher on the microphone. They then walk to the teachers standing along the drive through waiting to assist them into the car. This duty concludes at 3:30pm. All remaining children are taken to the school office to wait for their parents.

The following are a few rules that all parents and children need to observe at the afternoon pickup to ensure the safety of our children and smooth operation:

  • The driver is not to get out of the car.
  • Children are to get into the car on the passenger side – they are not to go around the front or the back of the car to get in on the driver’s side. If this is a problem to any family then that parent will need to park and pick the child up.
  • Bags are to go in the cabin of the car with the child – not in the boot.

If you are picking your child up from the two classroom areas and are running late your child will be taken to car pick up and will wait with the teachers and students and are supervised until 3:30pm. After this time, they will be escorted to the school office.

No child is to be asked to wait in an unsupervised area.  

Student Management


At St Madeleine’s we do as Jesus would do by following the rules of respecting ourselves, others, learning and the environment.

We encourage responsible self-discipline. Various measures are adopted by classroom teachers to maintain a positive classroom climate. We endeavour always to adopt a “same side” approach based on mutual respect.

The principles on which we base our behaviour management practices demonstrate procedural fairness. We believe that procedural fairness is a basic right of all children when dealing with school authorities. We apply the ‘hearing rule’ and the ‘right to an unbiased decision’. At no time or for any reason is corporal punishment acceptable at St Madeleine’s.

If consequences are considered necessary for those who violate person or property, they should be reformative, directed towards altering attitudes and subsequent behaviour and should recognise the uniqueness, potential and dignity of each student, remembering Gospel values of forgiveness and hope.


School Fee Statements
Please note that school fee statements were posted on
23rd July 2019. If you have not received your statement, please email:  madl-khstfees@parra.catholic.edu.au and request a statement. The due date for school fees was 28 August 2019.

Parish & CEDP News
St Madeleine's Sophie Parish News

Parish Services:

Weekend Masses:
- Saturday 5.30pm (Eucharistic Adoration at 4:45),
- Sunday 8:00am, 10:00 am, 5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy
- 10am Mass during Term
Weekday Masses
-Tues - Fri 9:15 am
- Tues 9.30am at St Joseph Centre
Prayer Group
- Wednesdays after the 9.15 am Mass
- Saturdays 5.00pm
- Every 4th Sunday, 11:20, or during 10am Masses
- By appointment
Sacrament Coordinator
Sally Coppini MB: 0407 942 986

Parish Priest: Rev Vincent Savarimuthu
Parish Secretary: Lisa Echevarria

Address:  28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 2260
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Email:  stmads@yahoo.com.au
Website:  http://stmadeleine.org.au/

Download St Madeleine Sophie Bulletin
25 August, 2019

EDP News:  https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/en/News-and-Events/Latest-News

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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